9 universal Android tips and tricks that you probably didn't know about
9 universal Android tricks that you probably didn't know about
1. Quickly call your last contact
2. Skip Voicemail greeting message and more.
Good, but perhaps you need more. Thankfully, most carriers allow for quite some shortcuts when voice mails are concerned. For example, you can check Verizon's ones here.
3. Save Google Maps for offline viewing
So how does it work? It's simple, navigate to a given area, and type "Ok maps" in the search window. This will save the area you're looking at for later viewing.
4. Navigate to quick toggles with a single swipe
5. Don't type, swipe!
If you have Google's Keyboard, you can enable gesture typing from Languages and Input > Google Keyboard Settings. The feature is also available with some third-party keyboards.
6. More on Google's Keyboard
For example, the keyboard has a profanity filter on by default, which you can remove. Moreover, if the reality of having to switch to a different page every time you need to input a number, then rest assured that there's a workaround. As you probably know, the topmost row of letters includes digits from 0 to 9. Long-pressing said letter will input the digit, but you usually have to hold for a while. This is frustrating if you need to input a few short digits. Luckily, you can edit the long-press duration needed to input a number down to almost zero. This makes inputting the occasional digit a breeze.
7. Free responsiveness boost
You'll need Developer privileges, so go to Settings > About Phone > tap Build number 7 times > and you're a developer. Now go back to the root settings menu, and look for Developer Options. Scroll down and look for the 'Drawing' section, and you should see Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale. Tweak all of these to your preference.
8. Gaming galore
9. Bonus: prank a friend
1. Duketytz (Posts: 384; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)
Wow No. 3 is new to me! Thanks for the tips and tricks, love these kind of articles!
38. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
I knew all except 2 and 3. 2 is useless as I don't use voicemail. Thanks for 3. I was wondering how the Offline Maps feature worked.
41. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I knew about all except #2.
And turning animations off is one of the first things lots of us learned about when 2.2 came out at this one forum..
3 isnt as good as how Nokia does it...but Google Maps is getting there.
4. Chris.P (Posts: 257; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
13. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1894; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I ain't trolling. That was a general question asked there. Don't mistake me for some of the fandroids on the site.
10. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1894; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Thanks a lot Chris. I try these tips to speed up my Nexus 7.
18. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1894; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Yes, my Nexus 7 (2012) lags alot, even after the KitKat update. That's all despite having a quad core processor and a gig of RAM.
34. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
@NokiaFTW I've had the same issues with the original Nexus 7 as well. The trick is to leave some some memory open. For some reason it starts lagging after you use up most of the memory. Very annoying issue. If you have an issue charging since the update like I have had there is also a weird fix. Just unplug and replug the USB from the charger while it's plugged in.
@shuaibhere It's a legitimate gripe. You can google it and see people complaining about it all over the internet so your petty name calling is pointless makes you the troll in this case.
42. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3940; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Having a quad core processor doesn't always guarantee good performance, that's true for any OS. The Tegra 3 in the 2012 Nexus 7 was the worst quad core processor to come out that year, it was even beaten by Qualcomm's dual core Snapdragon S4 Plus in CPU and GPU tests. That's Nvidia's problem.
44. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Yea...Nvidia has been very hit n miss...mostly miss on phones, tablets.
I was gonna say hardware too because my RAZR, now Moto G were smooth experiences. Galaxy Nexus wasnt too bad either.
People have to realize its like in the PC world. Everyone can have the same software setup....but when when you factor in hardware differences...user experience can very from person to person.
Its why you hear very little issues like this from WP and iPhone users. And when you do in WP land...its usually a specific brand....like this Nexus 7 issue.
6. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Why all know you're WP fanatic...
Why are you trolling here???
Still using gingerbread with 500mb ram huh??
33. AfterShock (Posts: 2535; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
He told us flat out,.. He doesn't troll.
Doesn't always tell the truth is applicable.
7. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
We all know you're WP fanatic...
Why are you trolling here???
Still using gingerbread with 500mb ram huh??
19. alterecho (Posts: 1072; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Is there any tip to make Windows Phone useful? :D
21. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
You made my day..
but I like what microsoft did withl wp 8.1...
22. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1894; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
This is an Android article dude, don't ask WP related questions here. I'm sure PA will be putting up an article about some tips on WP. You can ask your doubts there. :)
28. SleepingOz (unregistered)
I'm afraid there's no solution for that. Sadly.. =D
25. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Guess you're using a crappy low end like the nokia X, 'cause lag is nearly nonexistent on the last year's flagships, especially on KitKat. Even my nearly 2years old Note II is still running perfectly smooth.
31. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1894; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Did you even read my comment?
1. I own a Nexus 7 (2012) which still has a decent quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM.
2. Even after Google supposedly optimizing KitKat for lower end and older hardware, the lag is persistent.
3. The "crappy low end" Nokia X runs Jelly Bean, not KitKat.
4. My question was not trolling. It was a general query I asked there since I'm fed up of this laggy tablet but I can't afford another one at the moment.
Don't mistake me for some of the fandroid trolls who pop up on every WP related article trolling. You'll got a taste of your own medicine.
Have a good day.
32. AfterShock (Posts: 2535; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Here's a quarter, get back under the bridge.
5. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
I thought the article will be interesting...but it is just plain....most of em are basic things..
14. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
just fixing of three players won't stop me from watching the "THE BIGGEST CRICKET FESTIVAL"
15. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1894; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
It has gotten super boring in the last couple of years. I'm waiting for the FIFA World Cup in June. :D
17. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Your fav team isn't winning huh???
Btw me too waiting for FIFA world cup...I'll support SPAIN...
20. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1894; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I support Mumbai dude since I live here, and to my knowledge they won last year. But yeah I'm also supporting Spain in the World Cup :D
23. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
You can see who I'm supporting from my avatar...most successful IPL team...
26. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1894; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Dhoni! The best captain the world has ever produced. Any team he captains becomes successful. :)
29. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
That's why I'm chennai fan...
Even though I live in chennai I would support the team which dhoni plays for...luckily he plays for chennai...
8. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1186; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
3. Bring back latitude!
4. I did not know that!
24. AJmeBOY (Posts: 29; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)
Tips to have included: screen shot, double tap home button shortcut, turning on/off Google Now hotword detection (reduces lag!), drag and drop apps into folders, rename folders, and moving apps to an SD card to free phone memory.
27. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
You would have made a better article than PA...
30. SellPhones82 (Posts: 488; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Oh I'm going to have to use that last one this weekend on a few people! It makes the phones look all kinds of messed up!
36. av911 (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
That's why I prefer Touchwiz. You can edit your 5 most used toggles and see your notifications on the same screen.
45. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
I get a bunch more by just scrolling right..but it is nice...
40. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Wake me up when a real story with real ANDROID tips is present....
43. illiad (Posts: 113; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
well there is an odd thing about googlemaps.. it needs 'location data' available to find your location.. :/
BUT a 'bus finder' App, does NOT need this to find your location!!
'londontransportfree' & 'simple london bus' (cwlee.londonbus) find my location to a few feet, with ONLY GPS on..
Its a shame google has to lie about what is needed!!
47. Augustine (Posts: 673; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
I was quite disappointed at not being able to cache map areas in the new Google Maps app. I'm glad to be able to cache aeas again, even if, instead of the previous menu option, it's now a rather involved shorthand.